So, what do we do now? No more games, season is officially over and wouldn't you know it, we don't have any coaches either. Nope, not one coach. For all intents and purposes, the old interim coach has been replaced by a new one, the guy that's supposed to be hiring a head coach sometime this century. Steve Pederson in trying to revive the NU program did something I didn't think possible and that is completely shut it down.
Want to play cards? How about a video game? Yeah, a video game. Let's play NCAA 2004. At least that Nebraska team is still playing, although I wish the EA Sports version this time around resembled the NU team that just got done putting it to the Michigan State Spartans.
It's weird. I mean, it's just plain weird right now, because there is literally nothing going on with the football team.
Only a little over a month before signing day, just a day after a bowl game and the coaches are doing anything other than their jobs. Oh, that's right, they don't have jobs.
Ok, technically they do, but I would guess when you think you are on your way out, the last thing you want to do is sit on your laurels waiting for the pink slip and then, figuring out where you want to go.
You know what is most ironic though in I have to admit that I find a good deal of humor in as well? This is the second time Pederson will have been the bad guy in right around the month if Bo Pelini isn't name the head coach.
How many A.D.'s can say they fired two head coaches in one year? How many Athletic Directors can stand up with chest out and talk about how they took one sympathetically favored coach after he won a big game, canned him even after a 9-win year and right after that, he took another sympathetically favored coach who won a big game, plus the players all said they wanted him and wham, seeya, wouldn't want to be ya.
Not sure if that is a record everywhere, but it's definitely one here. Pederson is batting a thousand but for all the wrong reasons.
Granted, the interim position for Pelini was just that. Nobody said he was getting the job. Based on what defensive players said about him, you might have assumed it. And, considering what offensive players seem to be saying about him now, maybe your assumptions turn into confident predictions. And let's not forget the five or six kids that seem to be waiting for him to be officially named so they can come to Nebraska. And most of them are from Florida of all places.
I try to sit back and think what Steve Pederson is doing now. Is he kicking back on the couch, hand in his pants, ala. Al Bundy, rejoicing in his supremacy or is he stuck to the phone, eyes transfixed over a plethora of coaching bios, thinking a million miles a minute about who, what, when, where and why?
I don't know, but I am sitting here playing video games.
I should be calling recruits, but I don't think that anyone really wants to know what they would have to say right at this moment. What would you expect them to say? ‘Oh, hey, not having any coaches doesn't bother me any, hook me up with some pads and a helmet and I am there'.
They might be saying that in Class Z-six-man football somewhere in the middle of Nebraska, but the elite of the elite that are still looking at the Huskers are still doing so, but with much trepidation.
Want to play checkers? I'm really good at checkers.
No recruiting, no coaches, no games and the thought of not having anyone to complain about is not sitting well with me. I'm this close to writing a thesis on the effects of rectilinear propagation and how it applies to spit wads hurled in the vacuum of space.
Go Fish? How about Hearts?
And, don't get me started on the message boards. With absolutely nothing going on and so much to think about, the boards are lighting up with coaching candidates, anyone from the newly resigned, Steve Spurrier to this guy that someone played on-line that actually created his own entire playbook for Madden 2004, which obviously means, that boys got "phat skillz".
I'll play you in Chess, but you have to spot me the king.
Yep, here we sit, twiddling our thumbs, trying to slow our brains down to sonic speed as we try to figure out what nobody really knows and during a time where we should be reflecting on a great 10-3 season and looking to the brighter future.
Instead though, you hit refresh once, twice, five thousand times, hoping that you will read something. You flip to the news hoping that you will see something or sports talk radio as you use that last resort to possibly hear something, anything about who the head coach is going to be.
Ok, that's redundant, but if we aren't going to do that, what then?
(Long dramatic pause)
Anyone up for horseshoes?
Steve Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-730-5619